This is eBook advertising that I paid for way back at the beginning of March. For just $24 I got five of my eBooks profiled on their site, which has lots of readers coming each day looking for deals.
I decided to profile the following books:
- The Jongurian Mission
- Black Walnut
- Wake Up, Detroit
- The Hirelings
- Tarot Card Killer
I felt that was a good mix and it gave readers a lot of price points to choose from. For instance, The Jongurian Mission is free, and if they like that they can pick up that stand-alone fantasy book, The Hirelings, for $3.99 (hardly anyone ever does).
The eBook Advertising Results
I managed to sell 4 copies of Wake Up, Detroit and 2 copies of Black Walnut. That shot the books’ rankings up to #45,598 and #63,465 respectively.
Riding the Amazon Top 100s
Anyways, I thought it was a pretty good ride, especially for two books that I think are quite enjoyable, but which no one really notices.
An added bonus was seeing Black Walnut right above Walter Mosley, a great detective writer whose Easy Rawlins books really saved me from a lot of boring days in China. (For those of you not familiar, Bill Clinton said during the ’92 race that Mosely was his favorite writer).
The point is, you want to give your books a boost from time to time so you can get into those Top 100s. That provides so much more visibility.
Take my perma-free book, The Jongurian Mission. I’m always in the Top 100 for my categories, simply because the book is free and gets downloaded enough each day to stay there. It’s been in the same general spot (#3,000 to #7,000) for eight months now.
New Amazon Categories for Shorter Works
The other thing I discovered was some new Amazon categories.
Now, I first found out about these a few weeks ago while looking at the G.I. Joe books on the Kindle Worlds pages. I found them again yesterday, simply because my book happened to fall into one (I have no idea how but mean to email Amazon to get more info on this – stay posted).
The categories are divided up even further by genre, as you can see below.
Well, in conclusion, I didn’t sell a lot with the Book Basset ad but I sold some, got a little more visibility, and did some eBook marketing for the month. Now it’s back to writing more titles. Maybe one will have a better ride.
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